New iPhone parts start to leak, confirm 16:9 aspect ratio 4" screen

New iPhone parts start to leak, confirm 16:9 aspect ratio 4
Here’s the right way to start out the week after a holiday weekend: brand new iPhone parts! 9to5Mac received several leaks this morning from suppliers that reveal potential parts of the new iPhone (and given the naming convention for the new iPad, it may really be called “the new iPhone”). We’ve reproduced the best of them below for you to enjoy.

Notice that the pieces clearly show an elongate form factor to support the 16:9 “widescreen” display that will increase the screen size to 4” without significantly increasing the size of the phone itself. The width in fact should stay exactly the same, while the height may increase very slightly to accommodate the new screen, although a reduction in bezel size should make the change minimal. Apple probably wants that extra length so they can pack it with an even larger battery if they are planning to release an LTE model this fall, which most observers expect.

Checking out the back plates you see that the new iPhone appears to have undergone a slight design refresh, with metal strips on the top and bottom. They seem to mirror the bezel on the front, adding another layer of symmetry to the next iPhone. Not merely aesthetic in nature, the radio antennas seem to be molded into those areas, which may improve reception and will certainly allow the phone to avoid any “death grip” problems (which were actually solved as long ago as the Verizon version of the iPhone 4). Also apparently confirmed in these images are the new smaller dock connector that has been expected.

Of course one final question remains: Are they legit? 9to5Mac seems to trust the supplier that leaked them, and the photos are high enough resolution to make it clear we are looking at real objects, not Photoshop fakes. It's possible they could just be prototypes, but given the confidence of the source, the timing (the design of this year’s iPhone would need to be locked in for parts acquisition), and concurrence with existing rumors on screen changes, it seems a good bet that you’re either looking at the real McCoy, or else the real thing will end up very much like this.


source: 9to5Mac via The Verge



1. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I'm excited about WWDC next month.

4. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Me to taco

11. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

I am too. Changees, even small ones, are almost always a good thing in the tech world. I'm looking forward to seeing what Apple brings to the table this year.

31. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I don't think that Apple will be releasing/announcing the next iPhone at WWDC next month. I think that they've changed things up a bit and are going to be doing it in the fall because most of the main Android manufacturers are releasing their flagship devices during the summer and they don't really want to compete with them.

101. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

will this thing have an HD display?


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

You have been waiting 5 years for a 4" non 4:3 display iPhone, I'd be exited to if I were iHerd.. 5 years is a long time! with each year bringing just a handful of improvements to a single phone line, that is supposed to somehow cater to millions?! :/ it's tough when the features you want don't make the apple cut and it's another year just to get disappointed once again... but hey, finally after 5 years apple might produce a industry standard 16:9 ratio with a decent sized screen. Bravo apple, bravo, welcome to android 3 years ago!

139. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Business 101. Make a product that people want to buy. Then sell as many of them as possible. Apple has sold 66 million iphones with a 3.5 inch screen over the past 6 months. Name one android phone that has sold over 20 million worldwide in the same time period. That would be none of them.

162. stealthd unregistered

Who said anyone was waiting 5 years? Were G1 owners waiting too? You realize 3 years ago from this date the biggest screen available on an Android phone was 3.2 inches? It's saddening there are people this stupid on the internet.

164. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Me too +1 Taco, I'm getting one of these iPhones, OH YES I AM!!! My RAZR will still remain my phone, but I'm getting one of these iPhone 5's.... I wanted to get an iPhone when they first came out, but I stalled a few years and then got the DROID 1... Oh and the smaller connector at the bottom, it the new docking port they were rumoring about...

3. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Check out the bottom connector! MUCH smaller. I hope it is micro-USB.

9. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

yeah it looks like micro usb, well seee next monthh :)

13. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

I doubt that it will be micro-USB... It will be a new smaller Apple proprietary connector.

6. viveksuper

Posts: 5; Member since: May 19, 2012

Great goin SMartphonecity iPhone i love you.

7. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Fake or testing models that are not final designs.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Looks like a small samsung. I guess its apple's turn to start "slavishly copying" samsung, eh taco?? :) Anyways, bigger screen would always be appreciated, but i still wish they woulda went 4.3. Oh well, not like im gonna buy one anyways.. lol. Welcome to android's mid grade ifans!!! :)

18. hepresearch unregistered

On this rare occasion, I must respectfully disagree with you, remix... but not completely. It looks close enough to the iPhone 4S that I distinctly recognize it as an iPhone. Yes there are changes to the design, so it is not exactly like the iPhone 4S, and the improvements are in a couple of key areas from what I am seeing... no more glass back (thank goodness... my sister-in-law will be relieved that she will not be breaking yet another glass back on her next iPhone), thinner bezel while retaining the traditional round Apple button, and the larger screen (at 4", it is now following in the footsteps of Samsung and HTC in terms of the mega-screen-size trend since 2009... but one must still acknowledge the Apple iPhone roots of the trend for capacitive screens larger than 3" on a smartphone in 2007... and then one must acknowledge LG for the capacitive screen on the Prada in 2006... and from there it is a veritable blood-bath of acknowledgment back to who-knows-what, so why bother going there in the first place?). The back has a new design and new materials, of course, but the front looks fairly similar, just with a reduced bezel and a larger screen. As for the smaller port, well, if Apple wants it to be proprietary so they can keep on making money on total ecosystem hardware incompatibility, then it will not be microUSB no matter what anyone else thinks. I will be hugely surprised if it is microUSB, and at this point I don't think it is, anyway. In all honesty, this looks like it will be, at least tangible-hardware-wise, a more solid iPhone than before, despite retaining many clear Apple-esque traditional forms which retain clear recognition of this device as an iPhone. As for iOS 6, which will inevitably launch with this, well... who knows? Widgets? Maybe? I won't be getting one anyway (and not just because I am too poor to be an Apple-elitist), but one can still dream of the possibilities, can they not?

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

id be surprised on the MicroUSB as well if that became reality. Apple likes to price gouge and have proprietary accessories way too much to use a standard jack. As far as the design goes. yea, you can still tell its an apple, but if you take away the circular button and put a square one, or just a row of capacitive buttons, it looks like a shrunken SGS2 hercules/skyrocket. Since you couldnt say the same thing previously with the hercules/skyrocket vs the iphone4S, the design is definitely leaning towards samsung more than it should.... IF that's the design at all. I like the possibilities because I like competition, regardless if I like the competitor or not.

73. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it doesn't really look THAT different from the 4S so you better be careful remixfa or it might start to sound like you're saying Samsungs like the ones you mentioned look a lot like the iPhone. xD

178. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, it looks like a samsung, not the reverse. :) The design language has changed slightly and it resembles a phone that is launched months before it. there for the iphone looks like the samsung.

187. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

so you're saying it's changed SO MUCH that it's gone from a phone that looked nothing like a Samsung to a phone that actually really resembles a Samsung? :P

23. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Widgets are never going to be used on an iPhone. They are contradictory to iOS philosophy - they are graphically inconsistent, and also unpredictable in terms of draining system resources. There is maybe a third option which has yet to be invented. What do you think? BTW this design here is celary not Apple's - I have measured the proportions and rules of shaping every ipHone - Apple is very strict about that and this example of alleged parts shows inconsistency with that even on a first look. For instance, camera was allways equidistant from horizontal and vertical edge of the phone - now it's just non-proportionally "moved away" to make room for larger screen. And so on... many flaws that Apple would never let itself.

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if they dont go with widgets, they may go with some form of metro-ui live tile rip off, since its more aesthetically similar to their icons. I have no idea about the whole second part. It makes sense as far as their positioning as many high brand products are that peculiar, but im not gonna measure it, so i'll just trust ya on that. :)

32. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The more I look at it, the more it's fake. Now I see problems with logo and typography. First of all, they are too close to each other (Apple logo and "iPhone" title with standard info) and too far from edges of the phone - they were allways the same from 1st gen iPhone. Now they will change it. It doesn't look graphically good either to justifiy it - it's more like amateur's work. Secondly, on this part they are using light version of their "iPhone" type instead of Bold type (Minion Pro Bold). This would also be the first time after they were using Bold version it consistently ever since first iMac in 1998... And BTW, it's not microUSB port... check this out (and other stuff too)

28. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I think you meant "celery."

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

or "clearly" which fits much better than celery.. lolol

36. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Ooooooh, he meant "clearly"! It's so clear to me now!

45. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i wish it were clear around here. this tropical storm needs to get movin on, darn it! lol

34. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No, I meant "clearly" but I couldn't go back to edit anymore...

29. hepresearch unregistered

What is to say that they don't depart in order to incorporate some new feature that needs a different geometry to be present? Can they really be considered flaws if it is done properly? It has always seemed to me that Apple has a very high incidence of pan-corporate OCD, but who is to say that they cannot overcome that in order to improve a product in the future?

42. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The design of Apple products is very strict and maybe the most rigorous element of their production - everything must be symmetrical and distanced in whole numbers - this will they never let no matter what technologal excuse they could have. If you are familiar with Jony Ive's approach to design - you should be very aware that he would not let this happen. PS - now i wonder why it has 3.5 mm headphone jack on bottom....

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